St. James’s Outreach Ministries flow out of our common worship life together. As a parish community, we are committed to the pursuit of justice and peace for the sake of our community and the larger city of Baton Rouge. We partner with local organizations that support individuals in various sorts of need and difficulty.
In addition to a clergy liaison, the Outreach Committee is comprised of dedicated laypersons with passion for engagement. If you would like more information about Outreach at St. James, please contact Fr. Drew Harmon (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Below details our existing Outreach programming and events, noting changes due to COVID.
St. James Food Pantry & Drive-Through Distribution
In operation since the mid 1980s, the St. James Food Pantry distributes nonperishable food items on the third Saturday of each month to our neighbors in need. Food donations are provided by the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and distributed to those driving and walking up.
Contact: Doug LeBleu, email@example.com
We Care Bags
We Care Bags are snack bags distributed to our downtown neighbors who are hungry. The program, started by Blanche W. “Boots” and Warren Green, begun in 2004 now fills an average of 125 bags per week. Since COVID, bags are not handed out from the Ministries Center but delivered to the Christian Outreach Center (1427 Main St.) for safe distribution.
Contact: Allyson Cunningham, firstname.lastname@example.org
St. James Episcopal Church shares the joy of Christmas working with the Salvation Army and Volunteers of America. The Salvation Army provides a list of children in need. Parishioners are invited to “adopt” a child by selecting their ornament, and providing some Christmas gifts using the detailed information about them from their ornament. Ornaments for older adults in need are received from the Volunteers of America. Adults living at a VOA house compiles a wish list, and St. James parishioners are invited to “adopt” an adult by purchasing a gift from the list.
Contact: Betsy Harper, email@example.com
We invite our downtown neighbors experiencing homelessness to enjoy hearty breakfasts with our St. James community every fifth Sunday at 8 a.m. in Bishops Hall. The meal is served by volunteers. Since COVID, hearty breakfasts have been put on pause. Instead, donations have been given to local organizations which embody the spirit of the program.
Contact: Nancy Jo Poirrier, firstname.lastname@example.org
St. James Christmas Feast
Each year, our neighbors in need are provided a delicious meal and a gift bag that includes hand sanitizer, warm socks, etc. during our Christmas Feast in Bishops Hall. In lieu of a Christmas Feast in 2020, gift bags were assembled and distributed to nearby organizations alleviating challenges arising from housing insecurity, homelessness, and food scarcity.